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(3) THE COURIER-JOURNAL REGION FRIDAY, MAY 5, 1995 II M I Judge denies plea to ban prayer at IU graduation 1 Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS A federal judge yesterday denied a request by an Indiana University law professor and two students to prevent prayers from being recited at Ill's graduation ceremonies tomorrow. U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker rejected a motion filed by Professor Alex Tanford and students Kimberly MacDonald and David Suess, who argued that prayers at a public university would violate their constitutional rights to separation of church and state. In 1992 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that public high school students should not be subjected to religious prayer during graduation. Rich Waples, an Indiana Civil Liberties Union lawyer representing the IU plaintiffs, has said that ruling should apply to college students. But IU said the Supreme Court opposed prayer at high school graduation because younger students are more impressionable than college students. In denying the request, Barker noted that the high court has yet to reconcile the issue. The university said the invocation and benediction are university tradition, not an attempt to turn graduation into a religious event. "I think the court clearly recognized that what the invocation and benediction serve to do is to be part of the tradition of university, part of the reaching back into the traditions of the university," said Bob Johnstone, a lawyer for IU. "And it recognizes this is not an attempt in any way by the university to try and make it a religious ceremony." City denies allegations Continued from Page B 1 the break room for two to four hours "doing nothing." Lakeman said employees denied that. "That Voyles is rarely at the shelter. Lakeman said that Voyles serves on numerous boards, including the Board of Public Works, board of directors for the city's public library, and the parks and recreation board. """That Voyles had never per formed euthanasia on the animals. Lakeman said that Voyles admitted that he had not done so. In an interview, Animal Control Officer Mike Gentry said that Voyles, as the person responsible for the shelter's overall operation, does not need to perform euthanasia. ""That Voyles gave away dog food donated to the shelter by the Kentucky Humane Society to employees, including Middleton. Lakeman said that there is no policy regarding giving away donated food. Gillenwater said that the food was given away because it eventually spoils. He has advised Voyles to start documenting who receives the food. ""That Voyles paid Gentry for overtime that he didn't work. Lakeman said that Voyles denied this and can document the wages he has paid to Gentry. "That animal cages were left filthy and unattended. Employees denied that. In response to complaints about the shelter's operation by the Clark County Humane Association, Parker said that he is in the process of forming a nine-member advisory board to oversee the operation of the shelter. Voyles will chair the board, on which the Humane Association will have two members, Parker said. Suit claims women were sexually harassed By MICHAEL JENNINGS Staff Writer Two former officials of a Louisville video rental company a woman and a man claim they lost their jobs because they tried to get others at the company to stop their degrading treatment of women. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Jefferson Circuit Court, Brenda L. Patterson and James R. Breslin, both of the 400 block of Thomas Street in New Albany, claim they were fired from Roadrunner Video Enterprises last May in retaliation for their complaints to the company's president, Terry W. Schneider. Patterson says she was Road-runner's city manager and vice t'""- - '-- S- itL.....?A STAFF PHOTO BY LARRY SPITZER National Basketball Association star Allan Houston, center, told a gathering of youths In Louisville yesterday, "Whatever It is you do want, you have to go get." Youths told dreams have price they can pay with hard work By CARY B. WILLIS Staff Writer Dream of greatness, but be prepared to work hard to make the dream come true. That was the message 2,600 middle-school students heard yesterday from National Basketball Association star Allan Houston and University of Louisville football coach Ron Cooper. Students from 26 Jefferson County, Ky., middle schools gathered at Louisville Gardens for the third annual children's forum known as "Second Career First." The event was produced by 100 Black Men of Louisville and was sponsored by Jefferson County Public Schools, the Kentucky Derby Festival and KFC. After the crowd had watched a video showcasing his talents as a starter in his second year with the Detroit Pistons, Louisville native Houston talked about how everyone faces adversity at times. In his rookie season, he said, coaches, the media and fans gave Ohio boy reunited with after father arrested in By DEBORAH YETTER Staff Writer A 5-year-old boy missing since July was reunited with his mother yesterday after his father was arrested Wednesday in Louisville on a federal charge of abducting the boy from Ohio. David Lee Estright Sr., 53, who Norton, Ohio, police said has been married and divorced 10 times and has two federal fraud convictions, is charged with taking the boy from his ex-wife who had custody and fleeing the state. The case is to appear on television's "Unsolved Mysteries" tonight but producers have added the news that Estright was arrested. U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Cleveland Gam-bill ordered Estright held in jail overnight yesterday until a hearing can be held today to determine whether he should be released on bond. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Le-sousky asked that Estright be detained as a flight risk and a possible danger to others. Members of the local fugitive task force and the FBI arrested Estright at the Woodlawn Shopping Center at Hubbards Lane and Westport Road, where he was picking up his mail at a private mailbox company, FBI agent Michael Ray said in court yesterday. The boy was with him and was placed in the Home of the president of human resources and had worked for the company since January 1985. Breslin says he had been Roadrunner's chief financial officer since 1991. Patterson says in the suit that she complained to Schneider that he and two other Roadrunner employees William H. Worthing-ton and Wayne J. Jung, vice president of marketing had sexually harassed her. The three men implied that submitting to their harassment "would assure her of continued successful employment," the suit says. The suit says that after she was fired May 25, she filed a sex-discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. him a hard time, questioning whether he was worth his first-round pick in the NBA draft. But he kept his confidence up and worked on his defense and his strength, so when other players got hurt, he got a chance to play and to shine. By the second half of this season he was scoring nearly 20 points per game. "If you're persistent and keep working hard, things will work out," the former Ballard High School and University of Tennessee star said. "And whatever it is you do want, you have to go get. Nobody is going to give you anything." As part of the forum, the audience was treated to performances by the Noe Middle School Band, the Barret Traditional Middle School Dance Team and the positive-thinking rap of Sir Friendly C. John Fleming, one of the organizers of yesterday's forum, said the event is targeted toward seventh-graders, who are just beginning to define their identities and their morals. "Their values aren't Innocents overnight, Ray said. As his father appeared in federal court, the boy, David Estright Jr., was being reunited with his mother, the FBI said. Pamela Diane Estright, who lives in Norton, just outside Akron, flew to Louisville yesterday, picked up her son at the airport and returned home, FBI spokesman Bill Cheek said. Authorities said the boy appeared to be fine, although his hair had been dyed in an apparent attempt to conceal his identity. Dawson Wise, a Norton police detective who has been seeking the boy for nine months, said he was "ecstatic" that the boy had been found safe. Wise said he gave Pamela Estright the news Wednesday, and she was in tears. "She was very happy, obviously," Wise said. Wise said police had traced David Estright through Ohio, Canada, Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky before locating him in Louisville. Information developed with the help of the FBI led to his arrest, he said. Wise said his investigation showed Estright had seven marriages and divorces in Ohio and three in other states, as well as two federal fraud convictions and one charge of violating federal parole. In court yesterday, Estright asked that a lawyer be appointed for him, saying he didn't have money to hire Breslin says in the suit that Roadrunner was notified in early April 1994 that Patterson also had filed a claim of sexual harassment. But he says Roadrunner's pattern "of sexually harassing, humiliating, degrading and intimidating" female employees was not limited to Patterson. Breslin claims Schneider took part in the harassment. He says in the suit that he repeatedly told Schneider the conduct was illegal and asked Schneider to stop it, but that Schneider refused and retaliated by firing Breslin last May 20. Patterson and Breslin both ask for compensation and punitive damages. Claims made in filing a lawsuit give only one side of the case. w i '.?-. set," he said. "They're real vulnerable to the influence of peers, and they're getting to the age when they look outside of whatever their home unit is. We wanted to make sure they have positive role models." Testimony to Fleming's assertions were the faces of the audience, young and wide-eyed and soaking it all in, sometimes laughing when they weren't supposed to, cheering wildly when the dance team pumped up the dumb but fun disco classic "YMCA," and endlessly working to look cool even while the kid inside them clearly wanted to play. Cooper, recently chosen to succeed Howard Schnellenberger at U of L, told the youngsters to follow the three rules he has established for his players: Do what's right, do your best and treat others the way you want to be treated. Follow those rules, he said, "and you will be a winner. And one day you will be able to stand up here and speak." mother abduction one. He insisted on making a statement, even though the magistrate warned him that anything he said could be used against him. Estright said that the. charge against him is not correct and that he took the child because the mother is abusive. But Wise said that accusation is based on a false charge Estright had brought against the boy's mother that was later dropped. Court records show an Ohio judge granted the mother custody in July. Estright will likely be returned to Ohio to face a state charge of child abduction. A woman who attended yesterday's hearing described herself as Estright's girlfriend but declined to give her name in an interview. She said she had met Estright after he began attending services at Southeast Christian Church and thought him to be a "churchgoing, decent man." He often brought his son to church, she said. David Stone, an associate minister at Southeast, said church officials checked records after the FBI inquired about Estright on Wednesday but could find no record of him as a registered member. However, about 2,000 people who aren't registered members attend services at the church where Sunday attendance averages about 10,000, he said. Beauty Beyond Compare You'll find only the finest in diamonds, gold, platinum, gemstones and workmanship at Philip P. Haas Jewelers. Complete in-house design and repair services. I f. v t L E R ' btMuhtd 1982 I he Old MillUnn-r Ntw AlKinv. I HUUton Mill K ('harlctiwn Ril. Mun.-Kri. WO-6 I hurs. til 7:30 Sat. 9 3 V 945-5996 500 observe prayer day with a symbolic hike By MARK E. McCORMICK Staff Writer Sue Camp said a feeling of pow-erlessness overcame her as a grieving co-worker told her about a violent family tragedy. "I mean, this is here in Louisville where these things are happening," Camp said, her voice breaking. "It's getting so crazy. I've been praying for a long time for something I could do to make a change. Camp and about 500 other people yesterday showed that prayer is one way to affect society, by commemorating the National Day of Prayer. Participants prayed as they crossed the Clark Memorial Bridge, which links Louisville and Jeffer-sonville, Ind., or paused for a moment midway across. Others carried rosaries, small American flags and signs that said "Prayer Changes Things." The local theme was "The Bridge to God is Prayer." "The bridge is symbolic of bringing us together and bridging the differences between us," said Camp, the Kentucky coordinator for the event. "To me, this was an exciting day, a bridge over troubled waters. It was a chance to make 'In God We Trust,' which is on all of our currency, come to life." The local event was part of an observance in all 50 states a day when Americans of all faiths and most political persuasions pray for the nation and its leaders. Millions of Americans were expected to participate. Civic prayers and national days of prayer date to the First Continental Congress in 1775. The current one dates to 1952, when Congress passed a joint resolution, signed by President Harry Truman, establishing an annual National Day of Prayer. The resolution was amended in 1988 to set the day as the first Thursday in. May. Yesterday's local event began at the foot of the bridge in downtown Louisville, where the Most Rev. Charles G. Maloney offered a short prayer and Robin Smith sang "Amazing Grace." The crowd, led by a group of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, sang a verse of "God Bless America." The participants then began moving over the bridge, praying silently for people who lost loved ones in the Oklahoma City bombing and for the nation's leaders. Many, like Nichelle Hess, simply prayed for peace. "Here in Louisville and across the country, there's some different tragedy every day," said Hess, a Humana employee who was walking and praying during her lunch break. Benzil Kost said America's youth is especially in need of prayer. "You look at what's going on with crime," said Kost of Clarksville. "There seems to be a death every day, and more often there's youths who are involved in it." Hanging Baskets Starting at $4.99 Tree Annuals $12 99 a flat Annual Derby ZZZZZZZ. Geranium SaleijnJ& Nmm -fmri Ctktmt lw Dogwood mis Urgesias, 1.5" fo I'al. Bradford Pur, Maplt. 0i, Autumn Ash, 4 mmy mor. 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